Recently, the USGA and R&A (golf's two governing bodies) announced 24 new proposed rules, which are set to go into effect January 1, 2019. In the meantime, clubs around the world are evaluating the proposed changes to provide feedback to the USGA, which will ultimately influence which rules are adopted. Old Palm Golf Club is one of these clubs, and our course will adopt several of the rules early to improve the golf experience here at home.
An Overview of the Changes
Of the 24 proposed new rules, there are seven our course will be adopting early. Here are the changes members can expect to see at our luxury country club in South Florida.
At Old Palm Golf Club, we pride ourselves on presenting our members with unrivaled opportunities for golf instruction. Our latest offering is the Top 100 Teachers in America Golf School, which will be held on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4.
What to Expect
During the exclusively offered golf school, members will work with instructors to develop a program appropriate for their particular needs. The lessons will cover every aspect of the game, from the fundamentals to short game instruction (including putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play, and specialty wedge shots). Our professional instructors will be utilizing state of the art video and analysis tools, including TrackMan and a V1 Video System, to provide recommendations tailored to each individual.
Meet the Instructors
Working alongside our Director of Instruction Mark Hackett and Director of Golf Dan Terlescki will be some of the…
Three Old Palm residents and membersâLee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizenâwill be playing in this weekendâs U.S. Open. All of them have finished in the Top Ten in previous U.S. Opens, and Westwood has scored particularly well over the years with five Top Five finishes in the tournament. The 2015 U.S. Open will be played at Chambers Bay in Washington State, marking the first time in history that it will be held in the Pacific Northwest. With its massive, rolling fairways, towering dunes, undulating greens and unpredictable coastal winds, the traditional links-style course is expected to thoroughly test the golfersâ skills. Upon first seeing it, Oosthuizen posted a panoramic photo of the courseâs daunting high rough on Twitter and tweeted: âThis looks like a proper golf course.â Indeed.
In the three weeks since Old Palm resident and member Lee Westwood was selected to play for Team Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup, he has been preparing with a vengeance. Heâs been watching his diet, lost more than 20 pounds and been doing double gym sessionsâcardio in the morning and weights in the afternoon. To hone his game, Westwood has been playing the golf courses at Celtic Manor, a resort in Wales that has hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010. This yearâs Ryder Cup will be at the legendary Gleneagles in Scotland from September 23 through 28. Westwood will be making his ninth consecutive appearance in the biennial match against the United States.
Â Captain Paul McGinley selected Westwood as one of his wild-card picks in large part because he has played so well in this yearâs most prestigious tournamentsâthe Masters, Players Championship and PGA Championship âIâm obviously delighted,â said Westwood, after learning of his selection. âThe Ryder Cup has always been a massive thing for me and I was delighted to get the call from Paul. Iâm delighted and honored to be representing Europe again.â Westwood has an overall Ryder Cup record of 18 wins and 6 halves from his 37 matches spanning 17 years. This yearâs tournament, which will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland from September 26-28, will be Westwoodâs ninth consecutive appearance in the biennial match against the United States. Team Europe will face fierce competition from Team USA. The legendary Tom Watson is Captain, and as Assistant Captain he chose…